California distributes $30 million to fight hate crimes

California has funded a total of $110 million in anti-hate programs

SACRAMENTO – Following the escalation in violence, California awarded $30.3 million to 12 organizations to aggressively combat hate crimes by providing services to survivors and facilitating prevention measures against hatred. A recent report from the California Attorney General’s Office shows that hate crimes have increased 89% over the past decade. In particular, the report notes that anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 177% in 2021.

“It is no surprise that as the flames of hatred and bigotry have been fanned in our society, acts of cowardice and violence have increased at an alarming rate. In California, we are investing millions to stop this hate from taking hold in our communities. We simply will not tolerate intolerance,” Governor Newsom said.

Today’s announcement doubles the $14.3 million in grants to 80 organizations for prevention and intervention services for groups at risk of prejudice and hate crimes announced last March. After this first round of grants, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs (CAPIAA) worked together to identify larger investments that could have an even greater impact in the field. of the fight against hatred. services. These grants are part of last year’s budget, which included an unprecedented equity budget for Asia and Pacific Island (API) countries totaling $166.5 million.

Last year, Governor Newsom also signed legislation establishing the State Hate Commission, the first statewide commission to monitor and track hate crimes and recommend policy. to the governor, state legislature, and state agencies.

“The AAPI Legislative Caucus and I are thrilled that the second round of Stop the Hate Grants is being awarded to AAPI Community Organizations following the API Equity Budget of $166.5 million. dollars that we sponsored in last year’s state budget,” said state senator Dr. Richard. Pan (D-Sacramento), chairman of California’s AAPI legislative caucus. “These grants will support AAPI communities in every corner of California grappling with rising hate crimes and we continue to be grateful for the support of the Governor who has made these impactful community investments possible.”

“The latest round of grants comes at a good time as AAPI’s efforts to end hate need more resources than ever. Latest statistics show hate crimes rose 33% in California last year. last year, underscoring the need for increased state investment in the Asian American Pacific Islander community,” Assembly Budget Chairman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) said. “This new funding will have an impact as it will help to create a safer environment and provide assistance to victims.”

These grants will strengthen local services to prevent hate crimes from happening in the first place and support those who are victims of hate crimes:

  • Direct services such as mental health and complementary health, wellness and community healing, legal assistance, navigation and case management;

  • Prevention services to deepen understanding and empathy, youth development, senior safety and ambassador/escort programs, individual and community safety planning, bystander training and other prevention techniques. de-escalation ;

  • Intervention services for awareness and training on the elements of hate-motivated incidents and hate-motivated crimes, services for survivors, and alternative community-centered approaches to redressing the harm caused by hate-motivated incidents and hate crimes.

“These investments once again show that California is leading the way,” CDSS Director Kim Johnson said. “Through our continued partnership with CAPIAA, APILC, and the many organizations selected to provide these critical supports and services, we can stem the tide of hate incidents in California and provide affected communities with the resources they need.”

Selected organizations with a proven track record of anti-hate work with priority populations were invited to apply for larger funding awards. A full list of recipients announced in partnership with CAPIAA and the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus (APILC) can be found here.

Funding from the grant has been made available over the next three years, from August 1, 2022 to July 31, 2025, to continue to support anti-hate efforts.

Additional information about these efforts is available on the California Department of Social Services website.

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